Saturday, July 13, 2024

Washington



Chef Boi

My clay mascot made me some pancakes!
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This little dude didn't get the memo about not cooking nude. His downfall is not burns, though, it's the mess he made. This very short animation by Guldies is 100% old-fashioned claymation, as we can see in the full video at YouTube. Oh, the finished product is just as short as it is here, but then he goes into the making-of process, which is long but fascinating. Watching a lump of plasticine turn into Chef Boi is a trip. Guldies got caught up in the incredibly-detailed clay kitchen. The furnishings are not painted, but covered in clay for color. The tiles are each individually set! Then we see how the animation was shot frame by frame, including the genius detail of a blur effect while Chef Boi tries to break the more stubborn egg. Then we see the soundtrack recording, and you'll be surprised at how authentic the sound effects are. (via Everlasting Blort)

Frisbee



How Maritime Law Works



The oceans make up vast areas of the earth’s surface that are under no governmental control. That’s where maritime law comes into play. There are zones of the oceans that are controlled by the country on the nearest shore, but they vary depending on how far away from the beach you are. In international waters, some things depend on what country your ship is registered in. Other matters are rules agreed on by various nations, but it’s rare to get all nations to agree on anything. It gets confusing, but Wendover Productions makes it as simple as they can as they explain maritime law to us. (via reddit)

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Friday, July 12, 2024

1876 Personals



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Bethesda Games



Bethesda games are notorious for their bugs and glitches, so much so that some gamers will not buy any new release until the patches and updates are issued. But people buy them eventually, because they have titles like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Oblivion, and Starfield. The company did not seek such a reputation, but kind of embrace it, as evidence that they "embrace the chaos" and lean into creativity. Still, functionality matters.

Viva La Dirt League illustrates how Bethesda games fell by making the company into its own location, called Thebesda, in this episode of Epic NPC Man. Our hero, Reaper9691, is sent on a quest to Thebsesda, one he takes with trepidation because he's been warned. He finds that nothing is as it should be.

Pizza Problem

(via Neatorama)

He is Not a Forgiving Cat



In 1960, Josie Herbst rehomed her cat Blackie with author John Cheever. Three years later, Cheever wrote to Herbst with a report on how the cat, now named Delmore, was getting on. Sanjeev Bhaskar reads that letter for the series Letters Live.


Sorting Hat



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Con Artists, Imposters, and Fraudsters



It's only human to desire an easy path to money, excitement, and a better life. And there will always be con artists who take advantage of that desire, no matter if the plan is legal or not. The common sense rule for these schemes is that if it seems too good to be true, it probably isn't true at all. At least it warrants further research on your part before parting with any money. The title of this video is "The Most Insane Ponzi Schemes In History," but that in itself is deceptive, because the 12 stories include only two people who ran Ponzi schemes, Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff. Six or seven were imposters, who profited by being someone they weren't, and the rest were just plain con artists.

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New technology and old tactics have made buying a car a death march of deception. Jase Patrick, who spent 15 years in the business, reveals the dealer secrets. (via Damn Interesting)

Rice Krispie Cheesecake. No oven required.

How All-Female ‘Juries of Matrons’ Shaped Legal History. Courts called on these jurors to determine whether women sentenced to death were pregnant or faking it to avoid execution.

How America’s Fastest Swimmers Use Math to Win Gold. Number theorist Ken Ono is teaching Olympians to swim more efficiently. (via Real Clear Science)

An Abundance of Katherines: The Game Theory of Baby Naming. A research paper by Katy Blumer, Kate Donahue, Katie Fritz, Kate Ivanovich, Katherine Lee, Katie Luo, Cathy Meng, and Katie Van Koevering. (via Metafilter

Taika Waititi is Remaking Time Bandits for TV.

This 1812 Webster's definition of a house cat is insulting to house cats everywhere, even if it may be accurate.

South Park:
Trey Parker and Matt Stone Went to War to Stop the Movie Getting a PG-13.

A Blast from the Past (2016): 12 Celebrities Who Have Officiated Weddings.

I'll Take Him



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How Did Hitler Rise to Power?



How does a tyrant rise to the type of power that Adolf Hitler held over Germany? You take a defeated and fractured nation and unite the people by giving them a scapegoat to blame their troubles on. Fear, anger, and bigotry can lead crowds to do things they would never do as individuals. Hitler was in the right place at the right time, and if he hadn’t taken advantage of the situation, it’s possible that someone else would have. Would someone else have used that power in a different way? It's hard to say, because we know how power corrupts, and how power inspires the desire for more power. (via Metafilter)

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Thursday, July 11, 2024

$30 Bill



Wonder how they figured out it was fake? (via Bad Newspaper)

A Sewage Problem for the Paris Olympics



The opening ceremonies for the Paris Olympics will not be held in a stadium, but outside on the banks of the river Seine. Many of the water sports will also be held in the river. The problem is that the river is often little more than a sewer, and has been as long as anyone knows. You can't old international sports events in polluted water, so Paris has worked for years to upgrade their sewage system for better water quality, but current samples still have unsafe levels of bacteria. So what are they going to do about it? Paris is taking the short-term tactic of making the water safe sometimes, specifically during the games, while also planning for long-range mitigation. Vox takes a look at the problem ahead of the Olympics and what the city is doing about it. This video has a skippable ad from 3:04 to 3:40.


Badgers



Larry of 10 Downing Street



The British government got a new Prime Minister last week when the Labour Party gained a majority in the Parliament. Keir Starmer took over the job from Rishi Sunak and moved into the official residence and office at 10 Downing Street. Prime Ministers come and go, but the staff at the residence remains the same. That includes Larry, the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. The cat has held the office since 2011, and Starmer is his 6th master of the house. Larry is one of the longer-tenured cats to hold the office of Chief Mouser. He is also the first known to serve six Prime Ministers. Let's take a look at this traditional and honored occupation.   



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Doctor



Crazy Wisdom



When was the last time you were really impressed with a skateboard video? Pro skater Andy Anderson built a reputation for his wide repertoire of technical tricks (and for the fact that he always wears a helmet; common sense over coolness), but he doesn't rest on his laurels. He is always developing new routines that are ever more surprising and appear to break the laws of physics. His moves are a combination of balance, fancy footwork, and imagination. Lest you be fooled by the way Anderson makes it look easy, there are some scary falls in the video just to prove that working out these stunts is hard. (via Metafilter)

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Architectural Cross-Section of Kowloon Walled City. Digittized so you can explore the details. (via Metafilter

This Whimsical Harley-Davidson Has A Saxophone For An Exhaust, A Microscope For A Headlight, And More Amazing Repurposed Parts You Just Have To See.

Agatha Harkness Returns in Agatha All Along. The WandaVision spinoff miniseries has a trailer.

Surprise: American voters actually largely agree on many issues, including topics like abortion, immigration and wealth inequality.

A Notorious Haunted New Orleans Home is on the Market. It was once home to Madame Delphine LaLaurie.

Chagrin Falls: "Politics, amirite?" The latest fro Tom the Dancing Bug.

Talking to your infant is likely a modern phenomenon. Here’s why.

“You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat”: How Jaws’s Most Famous Line Came to Be.

House of the Dragon: if dragons were real, how might fire-breathing work? (via Kottke)

Plant Water



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The Common Chameleon



This “nature documentary” is actually animated. The chameleon’s biggest flaw is its “untamed sense of appetite.” He wants to eat anything that flies by, which turns out to be his downfall. Karma, chameleon! This is episode two of the series Our Wonderful Nature. You can see episode one here. (via Digg)

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I watched this and thought. "It would be more amazing if he caught it." And then he did!

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Lucky Black Cat



From 1914. (via Undine)

Furiosa Gets an Honest Trailer



"The best film to ever be called a disappointment." That's how this Honest Trailer for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga begins. The fifth Mad Max film and the first without the character Max was a box-office flop, earning $172.7 million worldwide against a budget of $168 million, not counting marketing. It would have had to break $300 million to turn a profit. As it was, half the expense was footed by the Australian government. And the reviews are good, from both critics and audience members.

So what did Furiosa in? Screen Junkies seems to object to a long backstory, too much dialogue, too many characters, and too much bad CGI, although they really don't seem to dislike the movie. Industry analysts believe it was partly due to spending too much on the production in a time when people don't want to go to the theater anymore. And insider wisdom tells us prequels just don't perform well. Anyway, you can now watch Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga on streaming video.

Aliens



In space, no one can hear you yip. (via reddit)

Printing Wikipedia



Randall Munroe's What If project (previously https://www.neatorama.com/tag/What-If-series/ at Neatorama) was asked how many printers would you need to keep up with the real-time edits to Wikipedia. There are approximately 100 edits made every minute, so you'd need a lot of paper, but only six laser printers. The "Wikiprintia" project would require about 300 cubic meters of paper every month, although that would depend on page size and font, too. And manpower, which would also cost money. Commenters recommended moving to the newer ink tank printers, but altogether, trying to keep up on edits using paper is a fool's errand. At the least, we finally get a What If? video where everyone doesn't die. (via Laughing Squid)

Brake Problems?

How TV Went from Free to Unaffordable



Do you recall the days when once you paid for the TV set and the antenna, you got to watch two or three channels for free? We just got used to going to the kitchen or the bathroom during ad breaks. Another bonus from those days was that everyone watched the same shows, including news, so we could discuss them the next day. Now selecting what to watch involves how much you are willing to pay, and that can be a frightening decision when you don't know what shows are worth it. For about 70 years, the entertainment industry has been working on ways to extract more money from each viewer. Matt Mitchell goes through that process for us decade by decade.

Explosive



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The Pizza Equation



We know that pie are square, and that’s very important when you’re talking about pizza pie. How do you get the most pizza for your dollar? By doing the math. Yes, you’ll save money by buying a larger pizza, but there are a few other things to consider, as our friends at Uproxx point out.
There are a couple downsides that the video fails to mention. Because when you’re feeding 20 people one pizza, you have to pick one flavor to satisfy everyone. Also, one pizza means you can’t cut the pizza into those satisfying wedges. (Well, you could, but they’d be thin, and you’d look cheap.)
Also, there’s no reason to buy more pizza than you need, unless you’re willing to eat leftovers for a while. But if you are, the extra slices won’t cost you all that much. Just remember to refrigerate it.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Should've Seen It Coming

The World's Largest Geode



I have a lot of geodes around the house, because my father was a geologist. The biggest, about a foot wide, is in the basement, because what do you really do with them? Some are too big to move anywhere, like a geode in Ohio that will remain in place because it's a cave. Hank Green tells us how it happened in the latest episode of SciShow.


It's Hot



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Nostalgia Break



Not that far away, but certainly long ago. This could have been me in the '70s. So many times I would get a dollar's worth of gas. During the occasional gas war, that would allow you to run the roads. (via Bits and Pieces)

What's Happening in Berlin?

WTF does this machine do?
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 What is going on here? A ridiculously small caterpillar vehicle is doing something with a bollard, but we can't figure out exactly what. Redditors have differing opinions, many of them NSFW, but the best is from finger_licking_robot, who confidently explained the workings of the Poller-Kalibrator.

Other commenters figured this was either a protest, a stunt for internet clicks, or performance art. The answer is always C. This was part of the recent Berlin art festival called 48 Stunden Neukölln. The artists are Anton Steenbock and Peter Behrbohm, who collaborate under the name SONDER, and the little vehicle is part of the project called SONDER HARMONISATION. The description of the work is just as baffling as the performance itself.  

You can see more of their projects at Instagram, including a longer, more confusing video of the bollard job. (via reddit)


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This travel vlogger crossed the Darién Gap, the world’s deadliest migrant route.

Hoosier Cat, the Homeless Cat Adopted by Henry Ward Beecher. (via Strange Company)

Nicolas Cage’s 10 Essential Horror Performances (So Far).

The Kitchn has a great pico de gallo recipe, plus the science of how time pulls out the flavors.

Wild Bornean Clouded Leopard Family Caught on Film for the First Time.

A Wife’s Revenge from Beyond the Grave. After her medically assisted suicide, the campaign to destroy her ex-husband truly began. (via Damn Interesting

Justin Timberlake’s Viral Mugshot Is Now a Work of Art.

An Excruciatingly Detailed Breakdown of How NASA Plans to Destroy the ISS.

New species of flying pterosaur reptile discovered in outback Queensland fossil dig. Scientists described it as a  "demon pelican" (via Strange Company)

Suspicious Activity



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Dogs Playing on Slides



Some dogs understand what’s supposed to happen on a playground slide, while others have yet to grasp the concept. It doesn’t really matter; they all are having the time their lives! (via Tastefully Offensive)

Monday, July 08, 2024

Kids Are Awful



40th Birthday

When you bake a birthday cake for someone celebrating a substantial number of years, say more than 12, the easiest way to do it is to put one candle on top, or use those candles that come in the shape of numbers. Or you can put all the candles on and have someone stand by with a fire extinguisher for a good laugh. But these folks went all out. Redditor OyVeyzMeir posted the cake from a friend’s 40th birthday in which firetrucks were standing by for the expected conflagration.

Mozart



Creating Schindler’s List Almost Broke Steven Spielberg



Steven Spielberg has often told us how Schindler’s List was a very personal project for him, but it turned into a very personal project for all who worked on it. Spielberg considered it his magnum opus, but he didn't want to make money from it. That's what Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park was for. The studio folks didn't expect it to do well, so they gave Spielberg a smaller budget than any movie he'd made in decades. How could a black-and-white film about the Holocaust draw audiences to the theater? Too depressing. Yes, it may have been a depressing subject, but the care that went into it resulted in a devastatingly emotional film. Weird History looks at Spielberg's experience, and those of the other people behind Schindler’s List.  

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How to Host the Olympic Games on a Shoestring Budget. The 1948 London games cost less than one percent of this year's Paris games, even after adjusting for inflation.

Oldest living culture: our new research shows an Indigenous ritual passed down for 500 generations. (via Strange Company)

A Brief History of Star Wars’ Lightwhip. Vernestra Rwoh's lightsaber of choice is unlike anything we've seen on screen in Star Wars–but it has a long history in the old Expanded Universe.

What Is the Longest Word in the English Language? (via Damn Interesting)

Stunning Cosplay and Happy Faces: Highlights from Montreal Comiccon 2024!

The Possibly Royal Origins of the ‘Jack Sprat’ Nursery Rhyme.

New Trump Ad Shows Montage Of People He’ll Kill If Elected. The Onion hits close to home again. (via Fark

A Home with a Detachable Office. It rolls away on rails!

AI-generated images on Facebook are fooling too many people. (via Nag on the Lake)

Thanks to Brother Bill for a large batch of brand new links images!


Chores

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Birds Demonstrate How to Dance to EDM



There are more kinds of electronic Dance Music (EDM) than we can keep up with. Using various YouTube videos, several different kinds of birds show us the proper dances for each. These birds can really shake a leg! Here’s part two of the demonstration.



You may have noticed that the music here is not original to the videos, because we’ve seen some of these birds dancing before. You find a list of the original videos and music tracks at the YouTube pages. (via Laughing Squid)


Tweet of the Day

That look says "Try to defend yourself and you'll regret it the rest of your life."

Sunday, July 07, 2024

Onions



From 1918. (via Undine)

Die Trapp-Familie



Before The Sound of Music, there was Die Trapp-Familie, a 1956 West German film chronicling the story of Maria von Trapp based on her 1949 autobiography. Die Trapp-Familie is not a musical, and there isn't even a soundtrack, except for the children singing. Oh yeah, and there's a wedding march. The story is pretty much the same as the Rogers and Hammerstein musical that was adapted from it, except in this version, the dramatic climax comes after the family immigrated to America. Be sure to turn the closed captions on for English subtitles.



Alaskan Restaurant

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The First Guy to Order Fast Food



If fast food had to be invented in a hurry, Ryan George figures it would go something like this. In reality, the process took years, as soda fountains, diners, pizza parlors, and street carts took ideas from each other and developed faster ways of serving more customers. Those who needed their food fast were excited to have more choices, and people who never thought about getting food quickly learned to depend on it. The fast food that we have now is so strange and different from the old sit-down restaurant model that it was low-hanging fruit for a comedian like George. Sure it's a dumb idea, but it's well worth the scant two minutes for George's new definitions of words like artery and marzipan.   


Confidence



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Tanglewhip



When two outlaws get into a dispute, only Sheriff Tanglewhip can save the day! Wait, is he there to arrest these guys for stealing gold (they say they "found" it), or is he there to settle their dispute with each other? It doesn't matter, since the sheriff is only armed with a whip. Don't bring a whip to a gunfight, unless it's with two outlaws who don't want to shoot. I was a little fuzzy on the concept of the Gordian knot (like the sheriff), so I looked it up. It's a mythological tale that you've seen recreated in modern times. But it may as well be Greek to these guys. By the end, we all remember what whips are really for. (via reddit)

Saved Seats

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Game Over by PES



An animation from PES uses candy, cake, toys, kitchen utensils, and more to illustrate classic arcade games! There’s Centipede, Frogger, Asteroids, Space Invaders, and of course, Pac-Man. By the time it’s over, you’ll be hungry. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Saturday, July 06, 2024

Palm Iranian



Lemons



The Jesko Absolut



The Jesko is a limited-edition racing car from the Swedish auto company Koenigsegg. First delivered in 2023, it comes in two models, the high-downforce Jesko Attack and the Jesko Absolut, designed for low drag. How fast is the Absolut? The product page, where you'll find the car's specifications, hints that we may never know, but we know it holds the world record in acceleration. The car proved itself on June 27th, when test driver Markus Lundh managed to set four world records with one short trip down an airfield in Örebro, Sweden. The car went from a standstill to 400 kilometers per hour in 18.82 seconds. It went from 0 to 250 miles per hour in 19.20 seconds. The entire 0-400 km/h back to 0 time was 27.83 seconds (its top speed was 412.72 km/h). It went from 0-250-0 mph in 28.27 seconds. Watch that run in all its glory and imagine being in the driver's seat.

Can you get an Absolut? Absolutely not. The Jesko is limited to 125 vehicles in its entire production run, and all the manufacturing slots have been sold out for years. This video is for posterity and to draw attention to Koenigsegg, since they will produce more cars to drool over in the future. (via Digg)

Scientists



12 Most Violent Stories In Norse Mythology



The many gods of old Norse paganism weren't perfect, just powerful. In addition to the powerful gods, there were also giants, dwarves, elves, and other supernatural beings. They did as they pleased, with no regard for mere humans nor for each other. Their stories weren't written, but passed down through generations by storytelling, until the Scandinavian countries were converted to Christianity by the 12th century. These stories varied among communities until the rise of the Vikings, which led to some consolidation of beliefs. But they weren't written down until after the rise of Christianity, so our understanding of what they actually believed is fairly superficial.

Of the many stories of old Norse gods, Weird History picks out the most violent tales, having to do with power struggles, wars, and betrayal. An amusing bonus is hearing Tom Blank pronouncing all those ancient Norse names.


Upholstery

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Dog Shuts Cat in Cabinet



This dog probably didn’t think much about it ahead of time, but when the opportunity arises, he takes advantage of the situation. His parting words are the icing on the cake. I’m sure he said, “And stay there!” (via Arbroath)



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This is real. Brian Grubb pulled this stunt off in Dubai earlier this year. See it from different angles here. (Thanks, WTM!)

Friday, July 05, 2024

Juvenile Crime

The Vessel with the Pestle and the Chalice from the Palace



Okay, you try memorizing all this and getting it right. Then add the flagon with the dragon. This clip from the 1955 movie The Court Jester shows Danny Kaye at his best. (via Metafilter


Uncle



Cat Burglars

Thieving bastards!!
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This gray cat knows exactly what he wants and where to find it. He wasn't all that keen in stopping to pay for his sausage, though. You can imagine him showing odd his loot to his friends, and the orange cat doesn't believe him. So for his next caper, he brings his orange buddy along. The bin piled full of sausages triggers an orgy of gastronomy right there on the sales floor. Orange cat, being orange, only has one brain cell and really doesn't know what to do with all that bounty.

While you can't stage a video with cats (they don't take direction well), it's obvious this is not the first time these guys have been in this store. The camera follows them around, and you get the idea that whoever is operating it is enjoying the scene as much as we are. Besides, who puts a bin full of sausages on the floor? Customers are most likely to buy what is at eye level. Which this is, if you are a cat. (via reddit)

Amtrak

Mortal Kombat Hecklers



Some audiences can never be pleased. You show them the best fight of the past 50 years, and they go all Statler and Waldorf on you. These trees are harboring some unresolved emotions, like maybe resentment at their inability to walk away like Ents or Groot. They have the lamest of excuses for their behavior: they don't know how to act. Our hero manages to solve that problem, but some audiences still can't ever be pleased.

I also must say that I love how YouTube offers to "translate to English" every time someone leaves a comment that is all slang terms. But then it doesn't translate.

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From China to the Mediterranean and More, Here’s How Different Cultures Envision Dragons.

Lo Manh Hung: The Story of South Vietnam's Youngest Photo Journalist, 1968.  (via Damn Interesting)

In which we find out what an "English Cottage" really is. (via Strange Company)

The Saga of Trash Hen.

How was popcorn discovered? An archaeologist on its likely appeal for people in the Americas millennia ago. (via Damn Interesting)

We have a measly number of links today because I was the only one on the internet working yesterday and I didn't really want to.

Snow Leopard

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Playing Star Wars at John William’s Home



Bryce Hayashi and Michael Miller went to the home of John Williams, the composer who gave us the Star Wars scores, as well as other great music, and played the main theme right there on the sidewalk! They did a good job, too. And what’s even better, Williams came out to meet them. Now, don’t try this, because if everyone did, it would get annoying pretty quickly. (via Neatorama)

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Cat food companies have to walk a fine line to make cat food stinky enough to appeal to cats while not making their owners sick. The smellier the better, as long as it's fish or meat. Meanwhile, cats cannot understand how we humans eat those awful plants, or even abide the odor. (Thanks, WTM!)

Thursday, July 04, 2024

Sad Coincidence



From 1928. (via Undine)

The Galaxy Being



"The Galaxy Being" was the very first episode of The Outer Limits, which debuted on September 16, 1963. I will never forget that day because that was the day I ran away from home.

I was a couple weeks short of five years old. My mother went grocery shopping and took my baby brother. My father fell asleep on the couch watching TV. It never occurred to me to do anything else when the TV was on, so I watched the show. I didn't understand much of the plot, but the glowing alien was so terrifying that I grabbed my security blanket and my stuffed kitty and just walked away from the house in tears. The show came on at 7:30, and it wasn't yet dark. I was maybe three houses down the street when a lady came out and asked where I was going. She walked me home, and Mom was back by then.

I explained what happened, and Dad asked why I didn't just turn off the TV. I didn't know how! My parents controlled the TV. But I got a lesson that evening. I don't recall "waking up Dad" offered as a possible solution, but I might be wrong about that. It was more than 60 years ago.   

 

Last Minute Supplies



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What Noises Should Electric Cars Make?



Have you ever been scared when an electric car snuck up on you while you were walking? That happened to me about ten years ago. I was on a sidewalk, but I immediately thought of what would happen if a cat or a kid were in the road. We are just used to loud car engines. So car manufacturers started adding noises to cars, even though they don't need them to function. But when the sound is superfluous to the vehicle's function, those sounds don't have to mimic a combustion engine. What sounds should a car have to be the safest for pedestrian, cyclists, and animals? Car companies are working with audio engineers and sound designers to perfect the sounds of a quiet car for optimum safety while trying not to annoy everyone who hears them. (via Digg)


Land of the Free



There's Gonna Be Fireworks



What could be more appropriate for the Independence Day than a song from Schoolhouse Rock set to video clips from the musical 1776?



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This guy covered a car with 100,000 fire crackers and lit it. You might say it was a good car while it lasted, but it really wasn't. 

Here’s What Revolutionary War Soldiers Were Eating on July 4, 1776.

The Comedy Pet Photography Award Winners for 2024. (via Digg)

The Smithsonian Acquires the Earliest Known Photograph of an American First Lady.

Why Is Chile So Long? Its length is far from the only thing unique about the country's geography. (via Metafilter)

"Show Us Your Cats!"

A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at presidential immunity. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
 
10 of History’s Most Misinterpreted Quotes. I know, the list could have been a lot longer.

The Jews of Verteba Cave. They spent a year and a half without sunlight to escape Hitler's Final Solution. 

 


 



Parade



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Stars and Stripes Forever



Sam the Eagle wishes every American a wonderful Independence Day!

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I've seen colored peacocks and white peacocks, but I've never seen one that is both! This is not a chimera, but a pied peacock, which were bred for their color pattern. (Thanks, WTM!)

Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Apt Name



On Deadpool & Wolverine



The new film Deadpool & Wolverine opens July 26. It is the first MCU movie with an R rating. Sure, the first two Deadpool movies were rated R, but they were produce by 20th Century Fox and weren't part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When Disney acquired 20th Century Fox in 2019, they inherited Deadpool. Viewers thought they'd seen the last of the character at that point, but now Disney is ready to take the plunge.

Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds help us to get ready for the new film by going over what we need to know about the two superheroes,. After all, it's been 15 years since we saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The first Deadpool movie was eight years ago, and the sequel is six years old. Oh yeah, and it's been seven years since Wolverine died in the movie Logan. However, Deadpool & Wolverine involve both time travel and alternate universes, so anything is possible. Anyway, Jackman and Reynolds catch us up on what happened in the previous movies.

The Deadpool movies so far stand out from other superhero films due to emphasis on comedy amongst the violence, the R rating, and the character's constant breaking of the fourth wall. We already know that the new movie will be funny, but will Wolverine join in the fourth wall shenanigans? We will find out on July 26th.



Tupperware



Strangely, at my house this stopped happening after the last kid moved out. (Thanks, WTM!)

Wild Haggis

 

The Haggis Wildlife Foundation shares some facts about the many species of wild haggis. These unique creatures in all their diversity need our help to preserve their habitat and boost their diminishing populations. Find out more at Laughosaurus.

Sorry



An Honest Trailer for Beverly Hills Cop



Beverley Hills Cop: Axel F
hits theaters this weekend. It is the fourth installment of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise that started in 1984. Screen Junkies goes back forty years to the movie that started it all. Warning: revisiting the original may ruin the new movie for you. We won't know until someone actually sees it.

In 1984, Eddie Murphy was already quite popular from Saturday Night Live, his standup act, and a couple of movie roles. Beverly Hills Cop was his first as the solo star, and became the biggest movie of 1984, with 14 weeks at #1. This video makes us remember why. Beverly Hills Cop made Murphy a superstar. The two sequels, from 1987 and 1994, couldn't hold a candle to the original. While Honest Trailers are usually pretty devastating, the parts they pick on in this one are honestly funny.